Chubby died peacefully yesterday at home with wife Jilly. Chub had sufferred a stroke in early April and had been hospitalised for three weeks before returning home.
Chubby was well known and respected by many in the world of motorcycle endurance racing, principally as the long term fueller for Phase One Endurance. Chub spent some ten years with the team, including the world championship winning years of 2000 and 2003, achievements for which he was rightfully very proud. His contribution was considerable.
He will be remembered by literally hundreds of fellow endurance enthusiasts as the big man with the big heart and the big smile, who maxed-out at all that he did – be it curries, laughs, stint lengths or determination.
Our notable memories will always include him wringing-out his neck towels into a bowl at Suzuka each year, after simply walking the short distance from the Flower Garden Hotel to the paddock. Plus, our memorable early morning work-ins at Spondon building race tanks. Chubby and sweary Bob were priceless together.
So, Chub dear teammate your final dump has been done and you have crossed the finishing line. And some race it was eh?. !!
The thoughts of all Phase One Endurance team members will surely be with Jilly and Steve’s parents at this time.
I will communicate information on arrangements here, as soon as I know them. RB